Codes of Ethics & Practice

Code of Ethics - All Members

This Code of Ethics applies to all Members of the PAA and informs application of the Code of Practice (below). Members of the PAA must strictly adhere to the Code of Ethics and the Code of Practice.

As a PAA Member, I understand and agree to apply the PAA Code of Practice in compliance with the following Code of Ethics.

I will:

  • Ensure I hold relevant qualifications and maintain the currency of these qualifications through current industry membership requirements as determined by the PAA.
  • Ensure that I work within the scope of practice applicable to my qualifications.
  • Work with integrity, respect, fairness, responsibility and professionalism at all times.
  • Comply with relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory legislation, including but not limited to privacy, occupational health and safety, anti-discrimination, equal opportunity, child protection, trade practices, taxation and public health.
  • Comply with the Ten National Employment Standards and any relevant awards, and the terms and conditions of work as recommended by the PAA.
  • Market my services and products ethically and in a clear and factual manner. I will not provide false or misleading information in any promotional and marketing materials or programs. I will not draw false or misleading comparisons with any other organisations and I will not engage or participate in anti-competitive behaviour.
  • Maintain high standards of financial record keeping and staff procedures, and policies for the correct handling of all financial transactions with clients and staff.

I understand and agree to apply these ethics to my work practice in accordance with the PAA Code of Practice.

Code of Practice – Full Members

Full Members of the PAA commit to abide by the following guidelines:

  • To work within the scope of your training:
    • Level 1: apparently healthy and low risk clientele under the guidance of a Full member at Level 2 or above; or
    • Level 2 and above: may include clients with moderate risk injuries or conditions relevant to the level and scope of your training.
  • To adhere to client to instructor ratios of:
    • a maximum of 4:1 ratio in a studio setting;
    • a maximum of 12:1 in a matwork or group class setting with a Level One instructor; or
    • a maximum of 20:1 in a matwork or group class setting with a Level two or above instructor.
  • To maintain a Full Membership with the PAA and abide by its constitution, rules, codes and guidelines.
  • To work within an allied health network, limit any advice to the Pilates Method, and refer clients to other health professionals when their condition is outside the scope of practice of a Pilates instructor.
  • To discontinue training a client who has a condition, injury or symptoms beyond the scope of practice and experience of the instructor.
  • To appropriately screen and induct clients, record and track client information and progress, and write reports as required.
  • To behave in a professional, courteous and appropriate manner at all times.
  • To maintain the highest levels of safety in practice and instruction of the Pilates Method.
  • To know and abide by the relevant legislation, including but not limited to the regulation of:
    • privacy;
    • anti-discrimination;
    • trade practices and fair trading;
    • health professional practice;
    • occupational health and safety; and
    • child protection.
  • To promote and maintain a respectful working environment.
  • To consistently teach and practice the Pilates Method.
  • To promote exercise to improve overall health and wellbeing.